Got some muck I need to get through...

Will be back when the path is clearer.

For those of you who might ask, yes, I'm all right.
Just too much stuff, not enough nonsense.


2 a day

The "New Year" is quickly slipping into "This Year". Generally by this time of the year I've already given up on my resolutions. This year I didn't make any, so I'm ahead of the game. I am, however, trying to start each day with a new attitude -- taking it day by day as someone brilliant suggested to me recently. My new plan is very simple:

Wake up each morning and find two things to say "Thank you" for.
Simple things. Like Big Guy taking the garbage down to the garage. Or making enough oatmeal for Little Guy and I to enjoy after he goes to work in the morning. Little Guy bringing me his shoes when I get him dressed in the morning. The neighbor clearing the required 30" path on the sidewalk the morning after it (finally!) snowed. Tangible things that I tend to take for granted. And I think it's working. Looking for the good (and remembering what I've found until I can deliver my thanks) has already assuaged many hurt feelings and chased away most* of the morning grumblies.

I'm not big on giving assignments online, but if you'd like to try this out with me, I'd love to hear about it -- if it makes a difference for you and what you found to be thankful for. Thanks for reading! (Heh... one down, one to go!)

*Does not take the place of coffee.


what i learned on my summer family vacation

  1. A 14 month old needs at least 1.5 times the luggage of 2 adults.
  2. A 14 month old does not understand such things as changes in air pressure, other people sleeping, or jet lag.
  3. A 14 month old most certainly does not understand why the f*** he is still in his carseat 6 hours after take-off.
  4. A 14 month old does not understand that "vacation" is supposed to mean "sleeping in".
  5. If said 14 month old has traveled from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, he will still wake up at 7:00 am EST.
  6. 7:00 am is 5-freaking-o'clock in Phoenix.
  7. If you decided at the last minute that packing the baby's snowsuit is probably unnecessary because you will be in Phoenix and then Tucson AZ, it's a safe bet that the weather there will be colder than the weather you have been experiencing ALL WINTER LONG in Philadelphia.
  8. The drive between Phoenix and Tucson gets longer as you get older.
  9. It is possible to fit 4+ adults and 6 billion children on a single trampoline.
  10. When in the presence of other children, a 14 month old will expect to be able to do anything a 4 year old can do.
  11. It is your fault if a 14 month old cannot master the same feats that a 4 year old can master.
  12. It is always a good idea to pack an extra towel.
  13. You will not die from loss of blood due to biting your tongue.
  14. The delirum that results from said loss of blood is actually quite nice. Warm and woozy.
  15. A secret/therapy blog is a good thing.
  16. Dial-up kills blogging.
  17. It is possible to leave one item behind in each place that you stayed and not miss it until you get back home and can't remember which place you left it at so that you have to call each place and tell the same tired story of how completely incompetent you are over and over and over whilst they are going through their various lost and found boxes.
  18. It is a good idea to totally unpack your suitcases and the suitcases of those traveling with you before you call the places you stayed at looking for an item that you didn't really leave but packed instead in the most unlikely of places.
  19. Cigarette smoke sucks.
  20. There's no place like home.


help! i've fallen and can't catch up!

We're, what, 16* days into the new year and it just took me the better part of an hour to catch up on the all the blogs in my blogroll. 57 minutes of clicking, reading, scrolling, back-clicking, and clicking again. Yeah, I timed it. (Well, actually, I'm timing how long Little Guy has been snoozing in his tent -- cross country travel is a killer when you aren't big enough to have the sense to hurl your internal clock to the floor and stomp on it because Pah! I can drink coffee! As much coffee as the little 2 oz pot in the hotel room will spit out! And soda! And sugar! Sugar in my coffee! And lots of cherry flavored sugar in my soda! And the shaking? Just makes the typos typing faster! And more exciting!) The eyes, they burn. If I blink just right, I can still see the image of Second Effort's sidebar in my mind's peripheral. Which brings me to the point. (Yes! A point!) I've been tagged.

Apparently during the two weeks of this brand new year that I spent packing for The Trip (there will probably be some sort of explanation of this in a later post. If not, consider yourself lucky), others out there in the blogosphere have been more conteplative. I tried (for about 15 minutes)to come up with a list of New Year's resolutions goals resignations, um, something related to the New Year. Seeing as I can’t remember the last time I had a complete thought, or at least one that wasn’t interrupted by the need to say “No. No. No. No. No! No! NOOOOOOO!” and then pull little fingers away from Yet Another Electrical Outlet That I Didn't Even Realize Existed or some other such hazard, it's been hard going stringing two thoughts No! No, son, the cat's tail is not a handle. Can you be gentle? Gentle. Gentle. GENTLE! No, banging the cat on the head with your hammer is not gentle. together.

Er, yeah. So as I was saying, this one is being called the “Thinking Meme”. You’ll forgive me if this is a bit choppy, won’t you?

PS In an effort to finally get this finished and posted (*Yes, I DID start this post on the 16th), my responses may or may not be fully explained. Most of you won't care. Those of you who do and can't quite figure out why I answered THAT, drop me a line. I'll get back to you. When, I can't guarantee.

1. If you had to choose one vice in exclusion of all others what would it be?

Coffee. Does that really need any elaboration?
2. If you could change one specific thing about the world what would it be?
Ignorance. I don't mean lack of education. I mean the lazy, "You're different from me and I won't take the time to learn about our differences but will instead classify you as either below me or evil" kind of ignorance that leads to the intolerance or worse.
3. Name the cartoon character you identify with the most.
The Tazmanian Devil's momma. He had one, right? Picking up all the bits and pieces that were left in his wake...
4. If you could live one day in your life over again which one would it be?
January 31, 2005.
Yelling profanities at Big Guy's back as we summited Mt. Kilimanjaro wasn't exactly the high point I was looking forward to.
5. If you could go back in history and spend a day with one person who would it be?
Eleanor Roosevelt
6. What is the one thing you lost, sold or threw away that you wish you could have back?
My mind.
7. What is your one most important contribution to this world?
Heh. How about putting on pants each morning.
8. What is your one hidden talent that nearly no one knows about?
Oh, believe you me, if I had any talent at all it would most certainly not stay hidden!!!!
9. What is your most cherished possession?
My wedding ring.
10. What one person influenced your life the most when growing up?
Excluding my parents, my Aunt Beth.
11. What one word describes you better than any other?
Excitable. A little like a Chihuahua.

There you have it. Crap about me that you didn't already know and probably wish you hadn't wasted your time to find out. Yes, it truly is possible to be that unoriginal!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I'm tagging Amy, Lora, Val, Lenka, Jack, and 'rah. Pick up my slack and make it interesting, ladies!


ringing it in

The 7 & under crowd really knows how to party! Thanks to Kristen over at Motherhood Uncensored, we joined the hip-high crowd at Shampoo to ring in the Noon Year. We nibbled on the tasty treats from Whole Foods , chatted with the few familiar faces that we found in the sold out crowd, sipped seemingly endless glasses of Alex's Lemonade, and more than a couple of people showed their stuff on the dance floor. Bubbles, balloons, noise makers, hula-hoops, toys and games, and the Bee-Gees upstairs; downstairs was a cool oasis of mellow music, mats, and massages.

Check out these moves:

Partied out... this Baby Loves Disco!


verdict: stuffed

Monday, December 25th

I would like to enter the following as evidence.

8:00 am

Nine reindeer and one bearded gentleman in a sleigh,

8:15 am
One velvet stocking,

One katrillion carefully selected packages,

3:15 pm

5:45 pm
Bottle and box,


I rest my case.

*This is so not the dinner I prepared. But ours was awfully tasty!

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